Men Rise and Fall, but the Lord Reigns ForeverJanuary 14, 2010 at 9:24 am | Posted in Genesis | 3 Comments
Tags: commentary on Genesis, flood of Noah, Genesis 6, Genesis 9, God's love, imputed righteousness, Noah's Ark, pride, Sunday School lessons on Genesis, worldwide flood
Few Bible patriarchs can match the sheer magnitude of Noah’s heroism. When every thought and imagination of all the men in the world was only evil continually, Noah alone found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:5-8). Our highest praise is not given to Noah, whose righteousness saved the human race. Our highest praise is reserved for God, Who, by grace, created a righteousness in Noah that allowed him to be used by God.
The years that followed were tough for Noah. Certainly he was ridiculed and ostracized as he and his sons labored to build an ark. Surely he experienced some moments of fear and doubt as God ripped open the crust of the earth and released the flood waters beneath, while also pouring down torrents from above. It would not be a stretch to suppose that Noah felt anxiety at times as he and his family and the animals were shut up in the ark for well over a year while God purged the world of external wickedness.
We might even imagine that Noah, seeing all the promises of God come true, and being the ultimate obedient survivor of the world’s greatest catastrophe, would have gone on to live victoriously, never failing to wait upon the Lord, nor to do His will. We know from Genesis Chapter Nine, however, that this was not the case.
And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
Men who are in danger, and are totally dependent upon God’s grace and mercy every moment, tend to have an easier time resisting sin. It is when a man begins to think that he is mighty – and that his past service to the Lord has earned him a special license to serve the flesh – that he is most prone to fall. Beware of the notion that God, just because He has decided to use you in a great way, will allow you to sin successfully.